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Tennessee man convicted of raping Missouri teen at NC camp

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Kenneth Dylan Whitehead was convicted on two counts of statutory rape.

Kenneth Dylan Whitehead was convicted on two counts of statutory rape.

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A Tennessee man will spend a long time behind bars after being convicted in North Carolina for committing intercourse crimes in opposition to a 13-year-old woman, WHNS reported.

After two hours of deliberation, he was convicted on two counts of statutory rape in a Henderson County courtroom, and a decide sentenced Kenneth Whitehead to “699 months in jail, or 58 years and three months,” based on Blue Ridge Now.

The 25-year-old from Bristol, Tennessee, won’t be eligible for parole till he has served 40 years of his sentence, the information company reported.

Whitehead was arrested in 2016, when he was caught with the then-13-year-old woman at North Mills River Campground after one other camper supplied a tip to legislation enforcement, based on WYFF.

Whitehead and the woman requested the opposite camper for meals, giving false names and mendacity concerning the woman’s age — saying she was 18, WHNS reported.

After studying Whitehead and the woman had been “hungry and had no cash,” the opposite camper helped out, and thru the course of conversations discovered info which was supplied to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Workplace, Blue Ridge Now reported.

“His contribution to this case can’t be understated and it speaks effectively of him and our neighborhood at giant,” Henderson County district legal professional Greg Newman stated, based on WYFF.

Investigators discovered the woman was reported lacking in Missouri, per WHNS.

“(Whitehead) claimed to be serving to her take care of a troubled dwelling scenario, however the reality is that he noticed a susceptible teen and he used her for his personal sexual gratification,” Newman stated, based on the TV station.

Deputies stated Whitehead confessed to having intercourse with the woman “at the least twice,” and he or she testified in opposition to him through the trial, WYFF reported.

After Whitehead was arrested, the woman ultimately returned to Missouri and her mom’s custody, based on Blue Ridge Now.

“Along with the plain immorality of his acts, it was additionally harmful to this youngster, whose mom was sick with fear a whole lot of miles away within the Midwest,” Newman stated, based on the information company.

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Noah Feit is a Actual Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Staff. The award-winning journalist has labored for a number of newspapers since beginning his profession in 1999.

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